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Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty‘ and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn, where I'm also Managing Editor of the political science journal Polity.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

11 August 2014

America's Has-Been Stars Are Russia's A-List Pride

RuNet Echo

Some of Hollywood’s biggest has-beens have been making major headlines in Russia lately, thrilling a nation happy to receive approval from America’s formerly famous entertainers.

This Meat Advertisement Is Now Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian police have banned a meat product commercial for breaking the country's advertising laws, which forbid the depiction of illegal acts, including traffic violations and the endangerment of children.

9 August 2014

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Says It's a Political Time to Be Russian

RuNet Echo

Elistratov explains the creep of politics in Russian daily life, saying the recent barrage of oppressive laws is changing the tone of the country's social discourse.

6 August 2014

Shut Your Mouth, Russian Bureaucrat

RuNet Echo

Russia's government won’t be keeping a promise about restoring certain pension deposits, and one high-ranking economic official is already out of a job thanks to a bizarre online apology.

5 August 2014

Forgot Your Password? Don't Worry, the Kremlin Has It.

RuNet Echo

The Russian government is inviting bloggers to share something every Internet user learns never to divulge: their logins and passwords.

Moscow's Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

RuNet Echo

An anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy in Moscow and hung a banner mocking the American President on his 53rd birthday. Was the sign racist?

1 August 2014

Did Someone from the U.S. Congress Just Call Putin a “Dickwad” on Wikipedia?

RuNet Echo

Yesterday, someone using a congressional IP address replaced the musical notation of Russia's real national anthem with the lyrics and arrangement of a popular Ukrainian chant mocking Vladimir Putin.

27 July 2014

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

RuNet Echo

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

25 July 2014

Russia's 4-Million-Ruble Procurement Order to Crack Tor Is Suddenly Revised

RuNet Echo

The Russian Interior Ministry has revised the language in a procurement order offering almost USD $100,000 for developing a way to decipher user data on the Tor anonymity network.

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